State your goal

Last month, we considered the downsizing process and how sometimes it can get overwhelming. It can be hard to know where to start the process and what steps are actually needed along the way. We used the acrostic of S-I-M-P-L-I-F-Y to start to help us through the process.

State your goal
Imagine your new life
Measure what will fit
Pick what is most important
Let go of the rest
Involve others
Figure out the move
You’re done!

Over the next few months we will look at more details of what each letter/phrase means.

This month we look at the “S” for State your goal.

Before you start any project or task, you need to know what your goal is. What is the primary thing you want to accomplish? Athletes, business people and individuals in all fields and walks of life set goals. A goal casts a vision of where you’re headed. It is a target to aim for and can provide motivation along the way.

What is your goal? Here are a few examples:
• I want to be ready to move when I find the right new place to live.
• I want to clear enough room for the grandkids to come for a visit.
• I want to settle closer to family.
• I want to experience the freedom of having less around and less to care for.

The great thing about a goal is that once you know where you are headed, it helps to clarify what steps you need to take. If you desire to move into a smaller place, you will need to decrease the amount of your belongings, or if you want to have family over, you will need to create space for them.

A goal is also a great tool to check your progress. As you work through your house, keep your objective in mind. As you downsize, ask yourself if sorting through the big pile of boxes or holding on to certain things will get you closer to your desired goal or prevent you from reaching it. Will keeping your small side table get in the way of achieving your goal? Will sharing your china with your granddaughter move you closer to your wanted outcome? Will holding on to the “just in case” duplicates help or hurt your progress of downsizing?

A goal can encourage you to move forward. Goals aren’t usually achieved right away and can take some effort. Begin by working through a drawer today and maybe a box tomorrow. Keep moving towards your goal, and before you know it, you will have achieved what you’ve wanted!
© 2018 Beth Giles

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